The city of Miami breathes and the country smells it

Miami SportsBefore the heroics of Dwyane Wade, before LeBron James in a HEAT uniform was EVER a conceivable thought, before the term “Miami Marlins” became the proper way of acknowledging the South Florida baseball team, and before the Miami Dolphins fan-base went against their owner /organization, there was a humble professional sports-less city of Miami with Latin make-up that had nothing to watch on cable television EXCEPT for the New York Yankees.
It wasn’t until the Miami Dolphins accomplished their undefeated season and won the Super Bowl (1972) that a Miami fan-base was created. In 1970 the Miami Dolphins became an established NFL franchise and started their parallel path with the University of Miami’s (UM) football team. UM began their football program in 1926 but didn’t  become successful until the 1983 season, when they won their 1st National title and began DOMINATING the college scene; UM won National titles in ’83, ’87, ’89, ’91 and most recognizably (to our readers) in 2001.
Miami soon became a “football town” with icons such as Dan Marino (former Dolphins quarterback), Bernie Kosar (former Heisman trophy winner at UM), Michael Irvin (former UM wide receiver who won multiple Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys) and MANY other homegrown talent representing the city that once was imageless. Numerable athletes came out of South Florida as it was known as “the hotbed” of sports talent in our country. This overwhelming amount of talent/success would ONLY help increase sports popularity in South Florida. Then, the city began to expand… Read more here…

Joe Paterno, Penn State win second championship: History 101

Joe PaternoLosing was never an option for Penn State and Joe Paterno’s 1986 national championship team. Finishing the season with an unblemished 12-0 record after defeating No. 1 Miami en route to their second national championship in four years, the “Duel in the Desert” was one for the ages.

Most of the talk leading up to the battle in Arizona was about a Vinny Testaverde-led Miami team and an explosive offense.  It was labeled by the media as David versus Goliath. Good versus evil.

According to, “They had Testaverde. They had [Bennie] Blades. They had [Alonzo] Highsmith,” Penn State starting nose tackle Mike Russo said. “They had all these big name players. We certainly had our share of very reputable names, but at the end of the day, it was the chemistry and the camaraderie that gelled us together as a unit. Instead of having a team of individuals, we had a true team.”

The Nittany Lions picked off Miami’s Vinny Testaverde five times to help secure the victory 14-10.

Team captain, linebacker and future Buffalo Bills star Shane Conlan intercepted Testaverde twice during the title game and set up future Minnesota Vikings, D.J. Dozier’s game-winning touchdown by returning a fourth quarter interception to the five yard line.

The final interception of the night was hauled in by linebacker Pete Giftopoulos inside the Penn State five-yard line as Testaverde took one last shot at the end zone on fourth and goal. Giftopoulos ran the ball out the 10-yard line before he fell to the ground, securing the victory.

The 1986 Nittany Lions are one of five Joe Paterno led teams that finished the season unbeaten. They also include the 1968 (11-0), 1969 (11-0), 1973 (12-0) and 1994 (12-0) squads.

The team was built by defense and held nine opponents to 15 points or less, while also winning four games by six points or fewer.

That year, Penn State finished the regular season by beating Maryland (17-15), Notre Dame (24-19) and Pitt (34-14). The Lions also defeated No. 2 Alabama, 23-3, just the third loss by the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 25 years.